As of 2020 – Reports from the Environmental Protection Agency reported that over 9.4 million tons of E-Waste is produced annually by the United States, with that number increasing every year at alarming levels. Unfortunately, this is the result of a deeper problem.

The common misconception with managing business networks is that upgrading and buying new devices is always the solution. Large companies often implement cycling policies that will require them to get rid of technology either within a specified lifespan, or when the warranty expires. Many of the devices that businesses will throw away or recycle out can simply be upgraded or modified to perform modern day tasks with the same efficiency or better than they did when you bought them.

Changes in the Windows Operating System

With 68.83% of utilized Operating Systems being Windows-Based, it comes as no surprise that we see Windows 10 as much as we do. One of the most recent problems that plagues these Windows users is heavy load affecting the efficiency of their hard drives.

Due to changes in technology, and the change of Windows as an Operating System from CD-Based installation to an WaaS (Windows as a Service) based framework is causing our drives to be more active for more of the day. Constant patches, updates, service packs, and more are being updated, installed, shuffled, and moved around on your computer which is keeping your disk active almost all of the time.

In addition to this, there is the extra load that we as users place on our machines, outside of what the Operating System is already doing. This is causing heavy disk usage, and in a lot of cases, completely maxing out the read/write thresholds of the drives installed in most Laptop Computers.

Upgrade and Update vs. Replace

It’s always exciting to get new and shiny devices for use at the office, however this usually comes with a heavy price tag. What’s even better is coming to work and having your existing computer run like a fire truck at full throttle.

By simply upgrading the hard drive in your systems from the HDD (Hard Disk Drive) that usually comes installed to a SSD (Solid State Drive), you can increase the performance speeds of your disk by more than 250%, allowing for faster application switching, more application space, and fast file speeds to ensure that there’s no delay in your workflow.

Additionally, One of the most sought after benefits associated, is the reduction in your computer boot times from 30-40 seconds, to usually less than ten. To add additional speed and overhead to your computer, consider increasing the onboard RAM. Most systems only come with half or a quarter of their total capacity.

By comparison, upgrading to a new computer can cost upwards of $1000+ per unit, where decent Solid State Disks start at $35.00 for 128 GB. If you’re outfitting a team of seven, 70, or even 700 individuals with faster devices it makes sense to do things this way. Additionally you add value back into the device by performing these upgrades.

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This article was written by a representative of Falls Technology Group, LLC as a resource for small business owners to understand the advantages and disadvantages of upgrading or repairing hardware versus replacing it. Falls Technology Group, LLC is a National Managed IT Service Provider and Hosting Provider based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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